How to share files between Windows and Mac OS X

Connecting two computers directly to each other allows you to transfer files faster than any other method, and can also let you share one computer’s internet connection with the other.

How to share files between Windows and Mac OS X

  • You will need to enable your Guest account for the easiest connection.
  • Open the Control Panel on your Windows computer.
  • Click User Accounts.
  • Click Manage another account.
  • Allow you to add the Guest account to your computer.
  • You can remove it later when you’re done transferring files.
  • Click the Guest Account.
  • Click Turn On.
  • Return to the Control Panel.
  • Select Network and Sharing Center.
  • Click Change advanced sharing settings.
  • Scroll down and select Turn off password protected sharing.
  • Connect the two computers using an Ethernet cable.
  • Click the Start menu on the Windows computer.
  • Type ncpa.cpl and press Enter.
  • Double-click on the Local Area Connection.
  • Click the Details… button.
  • Note the Auto-configuration IPv4 Address.
  • Locate the drive, file, or folder that you want to share with the Mac.
  • Right-click on the object you want to share.
  • Select Share With.
  • Click Specific people.
  • Type Guest and click Add.
  • Make sure that Guest is spelled with a capital G.
  • Click Read in the Permission Level column next to the Guest entry.
  • Select Read/Write.
  • Click Share.
  • Click Next to share the folder.
  • Open a Finder window on your Mac.
  • Press Command + K to open the Connect to Server window.
  • Type smb://IP address.
  • Use the IP address that you noted the Auto-configuration IPv4 Address.
  • Click Connect.
  • Select Guest as your login.
  • Click Connect to make the connection.
  • Select the shared folder.
  • Click OK.
  • Navigate the shared files.
  • You will now see all of the folders that you have shared.

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